We’re nearing the finish line for a small contest we ran this month to give away a couple of sets of EX Power Tins, and I’m extremely proud to say that it’s been very successful. Many people have given brilliant answers and really proven to me and the rest of The Top Cut that this game means a great deal to not just us, but the community as a whole. I would like to encourage everyone that hasn’t yet participated to please do so, as reading everyone’s responses has been refreshing.
Since it’s only fair, I’d like to share my answer to this question with all of you as well. You see, Pokémon has been a significant part of my life for almost fifteen years now. That’s over half my life! (I’m so happy I can still say that.) I remember first getting Pokémon’s Blue version because my good friend PRIMETIME introduced me to the game, and it looked fun. Plus, he had Red, and he had Charmander. The rest is history. Squirtle became my pal, and together we’ve established a morsel of a legacy in this game.
Not only did Pokémon strengthen some of my already existing friendships, but it’s helped establish many new ones. I’ve met many people through this game. Some have become acquaintances that I look forward to seeing every year at major events like U.S. Nationals, and some have become my closest friends. I interact with these people on a daily basis; they are a major part of my life, and I’m a major part of theirs. These are friendships that transcend Pokémon and will hopefully last a lifetime.
Pokémon has also had a very significant and positive impact on my life. You see, I “retired” from the TCG when Nintendo first took over. I spent my entire high school life playing the card game. It was all I did in my free time, and, as such, I put a lot of my local friendships aside. So once I “grew out” of Pokémon, I looked forward to making up for lost time. This obviously led to many mistakes. I went down a path that led to some very dark places, both figuratively and literally. I have never been so lost in my entire life, and just when I hit rock bottom, my true friends were there to pick me up. Friends that I met through the game we all, for whichever reason, share a passion for. No amount of blogs or commentary will ever make up for the positive effect Pokémon has had on my life. I say that as honestly as I’ve ever said anything before. This is a great game because of the great people it attracts.
The first turn KO’s, the terrible prize cards that I’ve had to fight through, the fun times I can look forward to every year, the awesome conversations I have every day on AIM (pretty sure the Pokémon community makes up about 90% of AIM’s current users), the failed relationships and even the drama – I wouldn’t trade any of it. I love this community and I love this game. Thank you all for letting me a part of it.
Josue “Crimz” Rojano
P.S. The deadline for the contest is 11:59 PM EST tomorrow! Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org!